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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Writing - Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition

This is the third year of this Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition.

Have you started, or completed, a novel with strong, credible characters and a page turning plot?

Have you honed the first chapter?

Can you put together a compelling one page synopsis of the balance of the story?

If so, then enter the Novel Opening Chapter competition and have your work judged by the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing!

They welcome published, self-published and unpublished novelists.

The only stipulation is that the entry must be unpublished.

They’re looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.

If your opening chapter is longer than 3,000 words, don’t submit a longer manuscript. Simply close the entry within the 3,000 word limit and make a note at the end (which will not be included in the word count) stating the chapter continues beyond this point. Or of course you can find a suitable dramatic point to close the sample, even if it is less than 3,000 words!

This is an annual competition: Deadline is 31st October.

Entry fee: £10

Optional Critique of Chapter and Synopsis: £25


First: £500

Runner up: £200

Full details in the website:


Good luck!



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